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New mod­els, fly­ing/test­ing pro­to­types and bid­ding to re­place the Huey

At Oc­to­ber’s Helitech show in Lon­don Leonardo in­tro­duced the AW189K, which is pow­ered by Safran He­li­copter En­gines’ 2,500shp-class Aneto-1k en­gines, and will be the first he­li­copter on the mar­ket with these new-gen­er­a­tion pow­er­plants.

An AW189K pro­to­type first flew at Leonardo’s Cascina Costa plant in Italy on 9 March and has so far demon­strated very good per­for­mance ca­pa­bil­i­ties in de­mand­ing weight, al­ti­tude and tem­per­a­ture con­di­tions, and - ac­cord­ing to Gian Piero Cu­tillo, Leonardo He­li­copters’ Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor - ex­cel­lent Per­for­mance Class 1 ca­pa­bil­i­ties for off­shore op­er­a­tions are also ex­pected.

“We are pleased that the AW189K will be the first he­li­copter to fea­ture an Aneto en­gine,’ he said. “This new tur­boshaft en­gine will of­fer our cus­tomers a high level of per­for­mance and fur­ther ex­tend the ca­pa­bil­i­ties and ver­sa­til­ity of our su­per-medium plat­form, par­tic­u­larly in hot-and-high con­di­tions. Op­er­a­tors will also ben­e­fit from Safran’s long­stand­ing ex­pe­ri­ence in the he­li­copter mar­ket, as well as from its strong world­wide sup­port net­work. The AW189K’S in­creased per­for­mance ca­pa­bil­i­ties in hot-and-high con­di­tions makes it ideal for var­i­ous customer re­quire­ments across a range of ge­ogra­phies, and al­lows to bet­ter lever­age the ver­sa­til­ity of the su­per medium plat­form, not just for long-range off­shore trans­port or SAR, but also for VIP trans­port, fire­fight­ing and var­i­ous para­pub­lic du­ties.”

EASA type cer­ti­fi­ca­tion of the AW189K is ex­pected in the fourth quar­ter of 2018. Leonardo holds or­ders and op­tions for more than 150 AW189S. Thirty al­ready in ser­vice world­wide have logged 25,000plus flight hours.

Leonardo (for­merly Au­gustawest­land) AW189K pro­to­type is pow­ered by twin Safran Aneto-ik en­gines

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